Minerese: Vol. II

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Yesterday’s post turned out to be so much fun, I figured we’d segue right into “Minerese, Volume II.” Yesterday we tackled some basic terminology, though I’ve been known to use more colorful language to paint the picture of a Phish jam. Today, I plucked out some of more vibrant terms I’ve dropped from time to time, and dug up some audio excerpts to define them.


“Colorful Molasses”

When the music gets so thick you feel like you are swimming through a larger-than-life ocean of groove, you’ve entered the realm of colorful molasses. These tar-thick rhythmic textures create a liquid reality where the gooey grooves engulf your existence. In this case I’ve juxtaposed a classic dose with a portion from ’09.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/molasses2.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/molasses1.mp3]


“Drone Landscapes”

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Often times, Phish enters a phase of the jam characterized by its total lack of melody. Often in conjunction with more eerie experiments, these segments are comprised of heavily effected, and often repetitive, musical phrases. These landscapes resemble alien sonic brews that Phish creates in migrating between musical planes.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/drone1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/drone2.mp3]


“Crack-like Grooves”

These grooves feel so good, you just gotta’ have more! These fiercely-addictive dance patterns are the musical equivalent of choice hubba rocks. Time and space stand still when high on Phish crack.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/crack1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/crack2.mp3]


“Bass-led Jihad”

Michael Gordom (T.Stack)

Michael Gordon (T.Stack)

This eclectic term is reserved for those segments of absolute Mike-driven annihilation. In these crusades, Gordon’s bass lines anchor the rhythm while, simultaneously, carrying the lead melody. Trey and Page settle into the background while Mike steps front and center as the dynamic leader of the band. Taking no prisoners, Mike’s offerings shower the audience with relentless attacks of bass warfare.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jihad1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jihad2.mp3]

(For those trying to identify these excerpts, the task should be much easier today with more well-known selections.)


Jam of the Day:

Mike’s Song > Sparks > Curtis Loew” 8.2.93 II

A classic sequence from Tampa, Florida, kicking off August ’93.




6.11.00 Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan < Torrent

6.11.00 Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan < Megaupload

Hibiya Park, 6.11.00 (J.Greene)

This afternoon show took place a half-day after Phish ended their show the night before at Zepp. Taking place within Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, this show facilitated connections between Japanese and American fans in a way that small nightclubs couldn’t. Check out my take on the show, written only hours after it concluded.

I: First Tube, Punch You In the Eye, Horn, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Dirt, Possum, It’s Ice, Farmhouse

II: Birds of a Feather, Free, Beauty of My Dreams, Bug, David Bowie, When the Circus Comes, Back on the Train, Harry Hood

E: Character Zero

Source: Unknown


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  1. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    colorful mlasses #1 – tweezer 12 6 97

  2. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    crack like grooves #2 is roses island tour

  3. Mr. Murph Says:

    Bass Led Jihad
    Number 1 is definitly a tweezer, maybe moma but i think tweeze
    Number 2 is most certainly a tube due to the pace

  4. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    bass led jihad #1 6.24.00 tweezer

  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    jihad #2 is ghost 5.22.00.

  6. themanatee Says:

    second molasses is 09 46days from detroit or michigan/cobo hall kiss style.

  7. themanatee Says:

    crack grooves #2 is of course Roses>Piper

  8. themanatee Says:

    yes on the bass jihad number 1 is def 6/24/00 tweezer , you are correct sir

  9. themanatee Says:

    and you are correct with jihad number 2 – radio city ghost it is and what a ride it is

  10. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    colorful molasses 2 is free 7.15.98

  11. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    no maybe imwrong on that.. it sounds errily similar though.

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    yea ur right its detraoit 46 days

  13. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @Miner could you post all the answers tomorrow? i wanna download some of the jams i didnt rrecognize cuz they sound great.

    im fairly confident in the 4/8 answers i gave plus the 1 themantee said

  14. Kevin Says:

    Crack Like Grooves #1 is Tweezer from 11/17/97

  15. garretc Says:

    I must say, Mr. Miner, that the audio sampled accompanying these clips were essential to my ability to picture exactly what you mean with your various terms, and, as such, they were well worth the breaking of my Phish hiatus… Which is now back on

  16. garretc Says:


  17. timmy Says:

    its not hard to understand why it’s called ‘Hot-Lanta’, esp. after that 2 night stand in ’00
    still goes down as one of my favorite phish experiences to date
    on the rizzle, fo’ shizzle, nizzle!!

  18. Willowed Says:

    Bass-led Jihad
    Love this pace!!!

  19. Willowed Says:

    place not pace

  20. KWL Says:

    mornin kidz

    when i count to 3, everybody take a step back. ok? ok.

    1-2-3 take a step back.

    1-2-3 take another step back.

    and another. take a step back.

  21. Kenny Powers Says:

    crack-like #1 is Tweezer 11/17/97

  22. Jtran Says:

    Morning everyone! Nothing like a little colorful molasses to start the day. I wonder if these terms are gonna start turning up on the lot (in the general phan population) describing recent shows on tour. Wouldn’t that be dandy.

  23. bouncin fan Says:

    Nice miner

    Haven’t heard the term Hubba rocks in years

    Makes my ears and head ring just thinking about it

    Here’s to a hubbaed out crack like mikes at Toyota

    Futures bouncin hard

  24. Jtran Says:

    Drone landscape #1 sounds like it could be some version of Twist, but that’s just a guess.

  25. KWL Says:

    drone #2: if you don’t like this jam, you don’t like phish

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